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Charles Manson’s Legacy

One of America’s most notorious mass murderers, Charles Manson, died November 19, 2017 from heart failure and colon cancer at age 83. He spent his last 46 years in the Corcoran prison in Kings County, California.
A legal battle has begun over the disposition of Manson’s remains and control of book and movie rights, commercial rights to his name and image, his song catalog and recordings, and personal items that may earn thousands of dollars from memorabilia collectors. Manson co-wrote songs recorded by the Beach Boys and Guns N’ Roses which continue to generate royalties. All of this is in addition to his dark legacy of manipulation, ruthless killing, and conspiracy theories.
Jason Freeman, grandson of Manson, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking control of his remains and his estate. Freeman’s lineage is disputed by Matt Lentz, aka Matthew Roberts, who claims he is Manson’s son and beneficiary under a purported 2017 will. Lentz wants a DNA test of Manson’s remains (held by the Kern County sheriff-coroner) to prove his relationship. Michael Channels, a pen pal of Manson, claims he has a 2002 will naming Channels the beneficiary.
On January 26, 2018 the Superior Court considered whether the probate proceeding should take place in Kings County, where Manson was imprisoned for decades, or in Los Angeles County, where Manson lived before his imprisonment for masterminding the murder of nine people, including Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger and eight-and-one-half month pregnant actress Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski.
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